Arbor Day and Earth Day -Topsfield Community Celebration

April 19th, 2018

Saturday April 28th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gould Barn and Emerson Center

Join us as we plant a new oak tree.

Watch as a bench is crafted from the wood from the old ash tree.

Topsfield children will honor the newly planted tree with song!

“In Every Acorn, There’s A Tree”

Future Forecast- It’s In Our Hands.

Enjoy many Fun, Hands on activities and explore the impact of plastic waste on our ecosystems.

Climb inside a life size inflatable whale called Niles and learn about the impact of plastics on marine life.

“Live Gently Upon This Earth”

Help Keep Topsfield and Our Waterway’s Clean

Start the day off with Town Clean UP 2018

Return filled bags to us between 8:30 – 10 a.m. and receive coupon for a “mini whoopie pie” from the Bake Shop.

Sponsored by Topsfield Historical Society, GREEN Topsfield and the Congregational Church of Topsfield

Board of Community and Communications Hosts Ladies Outing

April 19th, 2018

Sunday June 10th – 2 pm
“Calendar Girls”
Great Boston Stage Company  Stoneham, MA
Join us for a  Ladies Afternoon at the Theatre!
Limited tickets available for $20 
Contact Meg Moran at mh.moran@comcast.net or 978-337-2345
Carpooling available from Emerson parking lot at noon
We’ll enjoy a reception in the theater’s private room
before the 2 p.m. show start!

Sponsored by the  Board of  Community and Communications

Introducing Service Sundays Sponsored by BOMO

April 19th, 2018

The Board of Mission & Outreach is excited to announce the addition of Service Sundays to our after worship coffee fellowship. This new service opportunity will occur once a month during coffee fellowship and will make it as easy as possible for everyone – even families with young children – to lend their hands to a worthy cause while we enjoy coffee fellowship.

Please join us on Sunday, May 6th  after worship at coffee fellowship for our first Blessing Bag Build! Blessing Bags are small bags filled with items needed by different kinds of communities. BOMO will provide the materials; all you have to do is show up for coffee, treats, and community as usual and visit our simple Blessing Bag table to help assemble the bags.

Our May Blessing Bags will be donated to Lifebridge Shelter in Salem, an organization dedicated to a comprehensive, community-based approach to ending homelessness. We will assemble bags of small needed items (note pads, pens, lip balm, toothbrushes, emery boards, trail mix, hair elastics, etc.) for the Lifebridge clientele and write or draw caring messages to be included as well. This is a family friendly activity for people of all ages. We hope you will join us and help make Service Sundays a consistent and simple way for our congregation to help others on a monthly basis!

The Board of Mission and Outreach

Art Supplies Collection

April 19th, 2018

The Board of Mission and Outreach (BOMO) is joining The Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore (established by St. John’s Episcopal Church) with their current collection efforts for NuDay Syria.

The group hopes to fill 500-700 backpacks with greatly needed art supplies. Due to the 7th year of civil war in Syria, children are experiencing post traumatic disorder,severe anxiety and fear. Health aid workers in the area have identified that art therapy has been helpful in relieving some of the stress for the children. The art activities take place in safe spaces, providing a much needed sense of hope and calmness.

Please join BOMO by assisting with this collection. Place your donations in the bin located in the church office. Contributions will be collected through 5/21.

The following supplies are being requested.

Back pack, drawing paper, notebooks, sketchbooks, mandala pattern books, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, fine art postcards, crayons, markers, colored pencils, colored chalk, oil pastels, scissors, rulers, glue sticks, tissue paper, self-hardening clay, water color paints, water color trays, yarn, plain white paper.

With appreciation,
Pamela Warren on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

Prayer Ministry Listing

April 19th, 2018

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at prayerlisting@topsfieldchurch.org or
978-887-6567.

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for: 

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
Don and Joann Moran- Mom and Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
John Anderson – Nephew of Josh and Louise Rownd
Constanza Roldan – Friend of Irina Gunzel-Guerra
Helen Talberth – Member of CCOT
Doug McIlvaine – Member of CCOT
Barry Watson – Son of Frank Watson and friend of CCOT
Kathy Klimchak – Cousin of Ed and Mary Jelinek
Rachel Bibbons – Daughter of Beccy Knowles
Kåre – Friend from Norway of Irina Günzel-Guerra
Helga Zieger – Family friend from Germany of Irina Günzel-Guerra
Hilton Preble – Brother of Nancy Preble-Barrett
David McMillen – Brother of Deb Baker
Gina Hollsten – Friend of Charlie Itz
Karen Wright – Daughter of Bev Hall
Ed Gates – Friend of David Barnard

Recap of UCC New England Women’s Celebration by Carole Hoover

April 18th, 2018

Miriam Boylan, wife of Rev. William Boylan of the Byfield church of Georgetown, and I, Carole Hoover, went together for the –

United Church of Christ New England Women’s
Celebration
A Seat at the Table
Come for all things are ready.
-Luke 14:17b
April 6-8, 2018
Portland, Maine

Hosted by the Maine Conference UCC
at the Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland, Maine

Friday, 4/6/18, we arrived at the Holiday Inn, got our room and then went to the Art Museum for about an hour. We arrived back for dinner with all the ladies at their table. Had a nice Greeting and Introduction around the Table and Speaker and Worship with songs. Afterwards we went to the Holy Mall for the marketplace to see clothes, guilts, knitting, craft books, things to read, etc. A lot of wonderful crafts, etc. were from African people in New England. When we were on our own time, we could go to Holiday Inn pool, Fitness Center, and the Pub ‘till 1:00 AM.

Saturday, 4/7/18, Holy Mall opens and then breakfast with Speaker; Worship with music and then to the Workshops. After 1-1/2 hours to lunch with Speaker and Worship and then to the afternoon Workshops. On our own for a few hours, and then dinner with Speaker, Worship and a Concert of “Women in Harmony”. That was great to hear!

Sunday, 4/8/18, Breakfast with Speaker; Worship, Prayers, Offertory, Prayers, songs, Passing the Peace.

It was a lovely special time for Church, songs, food buying things, meeting new people, with about 2000 people there! They will have another gathering in four (4) years!

HUGS hosts Informational Forum for all North Shore Educators

April 11th, 2018

On Saturday, April 21st from 10:00am – 12:00pm. HUGS (Hands Up for Gun Safety) will be hosting an informational forum for educators from all over the North Shore. For this event, an educator is anyone who is connected with a school in anyway… currently employed, previously employed and/or retired. This includes public schools, private schools, institutions of higher education and early education! This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear what you can do as an educator and a citizen to support the gun violence prevention movement. There is no pressure to sign onto anything that requires a huge time commitment. People can become as involved as little or as much as they would like moving forward, but the time is now for us to do SOMETHING!

For additional questions, please contact Dolly McIlvaine at 978-887-7446

April Birthday’s

March 27th, 2018

Happy Birthday to:
Joan Larson, 04/01
Emily Mcilvaine, 04/02
Jacob Itz, 04/04
Walter Losee, 04/05
Charles Ames, 04/06
Judi Gosbee, 04/06
Tony Rogers, 04/06
Andrew Mulholland, 04/08
Susie Read, 04/08
Mary Rench, 04/10
Ryan Cass, 04/10
Fred Hoover, 04/11
Ben Long, 04/11
Jody Clineff, 04/13
Matthew Long, 04/14
Katie Townes, 04/16
Tom Trevenen, 04/19
Alex Davie, 04/21
Jim Mitchell, 04/21
Theo Hutt, 04/23
Albert Stonestreet, 04/28

Mission and Outreach Easter Offering 2018

March 19th, 2018

We are the agents of transformation that God uses to transfigure this world.”
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

March 2018

Dear Church Family,

During the Lenten season, it is the custom of our church to hold a special offering intended to help those in need. This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has chosen the following two recipients:

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
A ministry of the United Church of Christ, 7 other Christian denominations, and Church World Service, One Great Hour of Sharing donations are at work changing lives locally and in 138 countries around the world. In the United States, this offering provides disaster relief when earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and other acts of nature hit our soil. Internationally, the funds are used not only for disaster relief, but also for water, hunger, and agricultural empowerment projects to lift people out of poverty. It is also used to support missionaries and refugees.

REFUGEE IMMIGRATION MINISTRY (NORTHSHORE CLUSTER)
We continue to support RIM North Shore Cluster in their difficult and important work. The offering will go directly to support a refugee family in the north shore as they work toward rebuilding their lives in the U.S. More information on RIM can be found at www.r-i-m.net

Your gift will be divided equally between these two organizations unless you specify otherwise on your check. Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Easter envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Jim Barnes
Sue Blanchard
John Burgess
Kathy Hartmann
Charise Rohm Nulsen
Pam Warren
Claudia Worth

March Birthday Listing

February 27th, 2018

Happy Birthday to:

Steve Hall,   03/01

Alex Barrett,   03/02

Jose Guerra Garcia,   03/02

Abby Bowling,   03/05

Gavin Harlor,   03/05

Madelyn Frere,   03/06

Carolyn Nenart,    03/08

Carol Seaman,   03/08

Wesley Stoops,   03/08

Tom Wheeler,   03/11

Sarah Dik,   03/13

Charles Mathison,   03/13

Alex Spaulding,   03/13

Mary Lynn Lovejoy,   03/14

Charlotte Larson,   03/15

Jack Dixon,   03/16

Nancy Preble Barrett,   03/19

Ainsley DiNardo,   03/22

Jim Redding,   03/22

Tricia Haines,   03/24

Larry Atkins,   03/27

Daniel McIlvaine,   03/27

Priscilla Renda,   03/29

Stuart Bowling,   03/30

Catie McBournie,   03/31

Jack McBournie,   03/31